The second edition of Valery Fokin’s The Living Corpse after L. Tolstoy’s play of the same name
Director: People’s Artist of Russia, Laureate of the State Awards of Russia Valery Fokin
Stage design and costumes: People’s Artist of Russia, Laureate of the State Award of Russia Alexander BOROVSKY
Music: People’s Artist of Russia, Laureate of the State Award of Russia Leonid DESYATNIKOV
Assistant Director, Musical Director: People’s Artist of Russia Ivan BLAGODER
Assistant Director: Lana IVANOVA
Valery Fokin’s performance after L. Tolstoy’ play The Living Corpse continues the line of acute director’s contemplations on the tragic relations of a human being with the ruthless earth-fed reality prompting the hero to abandon this world. People’s Artist of Russia Pyotr Semak plays Fyodor Protasov, the key role for the philosophy of the production in the new edition.
Speaking about The Living Corpse Valery Fokin stressed, “For me, the main topic of the play is the theme of going away. This is especially essential today. In our confused and mixed life, where anything can happen, the problem of intentional and conscientious falling out from this endless circle is especially crucial. Today we can see people who are absolutely well-to-do but who abandon the comfort of their lives exactly for the reason they cannot adopt the false establishment of the society as a whole. I am interested in such a Fyodor Protasov who makes up his mind not in the state of another heavy drinking session, not in a drunken stupor, and not for the sake of a romantic drive in a gipsy medium but in a result of long contemplations, solving a deep soul problem. I believe that Tolstoy is nearing Dostoyevsky in this play more than in any other composition with this attempt to look inside the character and understand what he really lives for.”
The second edition of Valery Fokin’s performance is the fourth production of The Living Corpse on the stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater. Vs. Meyerhold and A.L. Zagarov (1911; renewed by N.N. Arbatov in 1921) had directed this play here as well as V.P. Kozhin and A.N. Dauson (1950). Such famous actors as Roman Apollonsky, Pavel Samoylov, Illarion Pevtsov, and Nickolay Simonov had played the major role of Fedya Protasov.
Fyodor Vasilievich Protasov
People’s Artist of Russia, Laureate of the State Awards of Russia
Elizaveta Andreyevna Protasova
People’s Artist of Russia Maria KUZNETSOVA,
People’s Artist of Russia Yelena NEMZER
Victor Mikhailovich Karenin
Anna Dmitrievna Karenina
Distinguished Artist of Russia Svetlana SHEICHENKO
Maria Vasilievna Kryukova
Distinguished Artist of Russia Yelena LIPETS
Sergey Dmitrievich Obrezkov
People’s Artist of Russia Nickolay MARTON, People’s Artist of Russia Semyon ?SYTNIK
People’s Artist of Russia Vladimir LISETSKY, Alexey PANICHEV
Assistant to the Court Investigator
Distinguished Artist of Russia Irina LEPESHENKOVA
Misha PUSHNIKOV, Fedya KISLOV
Anastasiya NEGINSKAYA, Polina TEPLYAKOVA
Inna ANDREYEVA, Yevgenia KADOCHNIKOVA, Anton POPOV
The first night will take place on February 21, 2015.
The performance goes for 2 hours without intermission.